ODE is an intimate and absurd performance about a woman who gets lost. Inspired by Karen’s grandmother’s experience with Alzheimers, ODE attempts to remember someone who can no longer remember herself.
A tribute to the imagination and the vital place it holds for humour, fantasy and survival.
Concept: Karen Sibbing
Co-created by Samara Hersch and Karen Sibbing
Director: Samara Hersch
Performers: Karen Sibbing and Georgina Durham.
Sound Design and Composition: Joost van Dijk
Produced by Pietjan Dusee and Esther Bruls
Photo credit: Kim Pattiruhu
Partners: De NWE Vorst, Het Zuidelijk Toneel, Villanella, L’Avventura, The Book Kick.
ODE premiered at De NWE Vorst Theatre in Tilburg, Netherlands in March 2016.
Thanks to: Dance Brabant, Rudi Klumpkens, people of Theater De NWE Vorst and Yoni Prior.
Love At First Sight Festival, Antwerp – September 16th 2017.
” Karen Sibbing is just outstanding in her portrayal of a once able-bodied woman, who gradually deteriorates before our very eyes. This is very powerful theatre directed with great sensitivity and honesty.” – Lisa Romeo, Stage Whispers
“There is a curious air of eerie magic permeating through the piece. Sibbing’s performance is outstanding: brave and heart-clutching and luminous she embodies without reproach the volatile, vigorous, vulnerable part. – Vera Poh, Melbourne Arts Review